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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2010
I did enjoy this book, BUT...

The Sapphire Rose is a classic fantasy tale with heroic knights, evil villains and a Queen who knows her own mind. The good guys win and the bad guys lose... too easily - and that is why I've only given it 3 stars - the good guys face a challenge... and overcome it far too quickly, whilst observing that when one does "action A" we find that people usually opt for "response B". There were no moments where I felt concerned that things were going to go seriously wrong, hence I was never on the edge of my seat. For 99% of the book, the heroes seemed to hardly break a sweat (except for the one moment where it felt that something tragic had to be there).

My other gripe is what I call the AI ending (the last 3/4 hour of the AI film where I wanted to gnaw my arm off). Just when you think the story is done (our hero returns...), it is not. I thought the last chapter was pointless - "everyone is a bit down, but luckily the Goddess saves the day!".

This is the third and final book of the Elenium and worth reading to see the adventure through to the end, but I think when it is over, you might be left feeling a little disappointed.
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on 18 January 2011
I made a classic mistake when I started reading David Eddings - I was just browsing through the local library for books I hadn't read yet, when I noticed The Ruby Knight... and then I ignored that it was book 2 of a series and read it anyway... after that I had to hunt around everywhere for Eddings, who was apparently represented only by the one book in the library. Joy of joys 6 months later when Domes of Fire appeared, as book one of a series - only not exactly book one of a series, as there was a lot of backfilling missing! Quickly onto Amazon to find the missing books - The Diamond Throne with curiously a long waiting time, and The Sapphire Rose.

Onto this book then - fantastically gripping and full of lovely little twists - from the proper introduction and development of sardonic Stragen, to the elevation of Platime to the royal council! It was fantastic all the way through from start to finish, even when Eddings did the unthinkable! The final showdown was a true action sequence, and then a neat little epilogue tying the ends up of the story..... and setting up for the compelling The Tamuli Omnibus: "Domes of Fire", "Shining Ones", "Hidden City"!

A fantastic read, thoroughly enjoyed and still my favourite of The Elenium, now freshly Kindled.
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on 14 January 2001
As with Edding's previous series, the Belgariad and the Malloreon, the Elenium has gone from strength to strength. Despite some of the characters having started out a little like the ones in his previous books, they have settled down into their own style in this 3rd book of the set, and coming into their own. What a shame this is the conclusion!
The story has unfolded, many ends have been tied up, BUT could the last few pages be a lead in to yet another book featuring Flute and her 'daddy' Sparhawk with the rest of the gang? I would certainly like to hope so.
This book is a 'must' for the bookshelf, you will want to go back and re-read it many times.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2006
It may not have been the earth-shattering series I was hoping for, but it was nonetheless a consistently diverting chronicle (if a little drawn-out at times) with a vibrant array of characters and exquisitely flowing prose from a master of the genre.

But in truth, I don't know what to make of this book. Rating it is really difficult. On the one hand `The Sapphire Rose' rolls along at a good, solid pace and is unquestionably a satisfying conclusion to the Elenium Trilogy, but on the other hand the Eddings' style of writing almost works against itself here by creating too much ease and friendliness between the characters (no matter what side they happen to be on), thereby detracting from all the brutal descriptions of impending doom, religious fanaticism and all the various horrors of war, which are the familiar themes that every Eddings fan will by now be very well accustomed to.

Thankfully though this final part of the trilogy is not as infuriating as the previous two- the sarcastic remarks have been significantly toned down in comparison to the first story in the trilogy `The Diamond Throne' and the storyline here is nowhere near as infuriating as that of the previous story `The Ruby Knight'. About the only aspect of the writing that really grated as I read `The Sapphire Rose' was the cringeful and criminally over-used term of endearment, which ALL the male characters (whether on the side of good or evil) use to address one another. If I have to read "Old boy" one more time, I don't know what I'll do!

As a past lover of Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean series I'd probably characterise myself as still being a fan of the works of David and Leigh Eddings, despite since reading examples of the genre that have (in my view) surpassed their stories. While I haven't found this trilogy anything like as exciting, or involving as the previous series developed by the Edding's partnership (I believe David now credits his wife as being as much responsible for the creation of his stories as he himself, even before her name accompanied his as co-author) and along the way I've been annoyed by certain aspects of their writing that I felt detracted from the magnanimous tone that this series attempted to set for itself...`The Diamond Throne', `The Ruby Knight' and `The Sapphire Rose' are still engaging, accomplished and extremely well-crafted stories.

If you loved the previous two stories in this trilogy then you'll have no complaints for this final chapter. You may even be itching to begin the next series developed by the Eddings team (The Tamuli), which continues the story of Sparhawk and Ehlana. As for me, I may just read that series at some point in the future, but for now I'm very much looking forward to a gap year (or seven) between now and my next venture into familiar Eddings territory.

4 stars for ending on a high note.
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on 17 August 2015
I enjoyed this, the final episode of the Elenium trilogy. Eddings is a good story teller with a wonderful imagination. Despite the setting being very similar to the world in the Belgarion and Mallorean, he continues to find new and interesting obstacles for the band of adventurers to tackle. I particularly liked the maze section. Eddings also revealed a talent for politics and court intrigue which would not be out of place in The Game of Thrones, which he had not displayed before. The writing is clear and descriptive yet the action moves along at a good pace.
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on 27 December 2012
David Eddings is one of my favourite authors,and this last book of the trilogy is a brilliant read.If you enjoy Sci-Fy & Fantasy books Eddings is a master! If you want to lose yourself & move to a fantasy realm then this book & this trilogy will do it,when i read this for the first time i could not put it down, i am now re-reading it on my Kindle & will do so many more times!
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on 19 January 2015
David Eddings Sappire Rose

Part of the Sparhawk 1st trilogy.

A fine read in which I enjoyed the interplay and humor between the characters.

I feel it's a romp into the Ecclesiastical era of Europe. With the main character Sparhawk being Queens champion and a member of fighting arm of a relgious oreder. State against Church politics
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on 28 January 2015
Classic reading and it's free. Gotta love Kindle! I am no longer able to read "real" books due to a lung condition (dust, mould etc) so Kindle has allowed me to re read some old favourites. Eddings was and is one of the best fantasy authors. Story lines to keep you gripped and you go back for.
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on 1 November 2013
The Eddings' sweep you along on an amazing journey. You grow to know all of the characters personally. He uses humour as well as a well paced and descriptive narrative to embroil you in the story. Once you experience the writings of the Eddings' other fantasy writers pale in comparison.
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on 9 October 2013
The Eddings managed to almost match the Belgariad/Malloreon series in The Elenium - an interesting new world, and some good characters, without too much ressemblance to the previous work. The story ends with a bit of a whimper - too much divine intervention.
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